What comes to someone’s mind when they get to know of a progressive heart blockage. For most people, it is angioplasty, bypass surgery, and other surgical interventions. Why do most people think this way? Why do they consider surgery as the only cure for their ailment? Is surgery really required? The answer to all these questions are simple but not conventionally excepted by many.
A number of researches have proven that good dietary habits, optimum activity levels, and healthy body weight has the potential of managing and even reversing heart diseases.
Evidence-based studies have proven that lifestyle and medical management have the same results as angioplasty and other surgical interventions for heart disease management.
It is immensely important to understand that surgeries are not required for everyone. There are a huge number of cases that have the potential to be treated and managed without any surgical intervention. At SAAOL, our goal is to work in harmony with nature and emphasize the importance of holistic treatment.
It is important to understand the components of the lifestyle-based approach of heart disease management-
1.) Habits and behavior:
Your habits and behavior either take you towards the disease or away from it depending upon what do you choose to follow. It comprises:
a.) Stress: Excessive stress is one of the major reasons behind heart disease and even heart attacks. Studies have proven that long-term stress can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, which eventually precipitate heart disease.
b.) Smoking/ Tobacco/ Excessive alcohol consumption: Smoking accelerates the rate of tissue damage. It is one of the leading causes of high blood pressure. Excessive drinking can lead to cardiomyopathy, heart disease, and stroke.
c.) Sedentary lifestyle: Sedentary lifestyle has contributed immensely to the rampant increase in non-communicable diseases including heart disease. It is recommended to stay active throughout the day and choose the type of physical activity which is the most sustainable for you. Brisk walking for up to 35 mins a day and Yoga for up to 30 mins is good and safe exercise options for most cardiac patients.
2.) Dietary modifications:
It’s rightly said that your food is either feeding or fighting a disease. Diet plays a cumbersome role in the management of heart disease and must not be neglected, it’s important to note that medicines work in conjunction with food so inculcating good dietary habits along with the standard treatments has been our priority at SAAOL.
a.) Zero oil cooking: Plant-based oils are loaded with triglycerides. All plant oils are rich in triglycerides, we at SAAOL strongly recommend to cut down on visible oil intake completely. We have also developed a number of oil-free recipes to make the process more convenient for the general masses.
b.) Vegetarianism: Animal foods are rich in cholesterol. A vegetarian diet is healthier for cardiac patients, it is loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and offers a number of health benefits.
c.) Limit the intake of milk and dairy products: Milk and dairy products are also derived from animal sources and are rich in fat and must be taken in moderation by patients suffering from coronary artery disease or at risk of it.
d.) Increase your consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains: Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and other cardioprotective factors that prevent the heart from oxidative damage and also promote overall health and well-being.
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